With the iPhone 5 pre-orders opening up in a matter of weeks, another leak may confirm previous rumors regarding a smaller, miniature dock connector. Unless there is some sort of elaborate conspiracy going on between third party accessory makers, it's probably safe to say the new iPhone is coming with a smaller dock connector and a whole new set of accessories.
An alleged next-generation Apple USB connector cable appeared in a leaked photo yesterday. With rumors of a similarly shaped 16-pin port for the new iPhone, iPad and iPad mini, we may be looking at the future of Apple's unique USB cables. Since the cable appears to be longer than standard Apple cables, some have suggested this cable may be a third-party creation based on Apple's plans.
The connector on the cable definitely matches up with earlier leaked photos, detailing two sides with 8 pins each. While the exact benefits of the smaller connector are still unknown, some speculate it will clip into devices with a looser connection, presumably similar to the MagSafe connectors currently used in the company's MacBooks.